Diablo SV Roadster
At Geneva in March 1998, the first new model to be presented after the Audi takeover was a Roadster version of the Diablo SV. Until then, the convertible had only been available with 4-wheel drive. MegaTech didn’t want to miss out on any customers, so it decided to make the convertible a bit more virile! The Diablo SV Roadster was also to be sold at a slightly lower price than the very exclusive VT Roadster and, like the SV Coupé, was a new entry-level model. Compared with the VT Roadster, the suspension was simplified, but pilot-controlled damping remained available as an option. The rear spoiler was also an option. As a result, the SV Roadster weighed in at a very reasonable 1,530 kg, a guarantee of breathtaking performance! But production of the Diablo SV Roadster was finally cancelled by Audi the year after its presentation, despite the fact that the brand had already received several orders. The reason was that the German firm wanted to keep only all-wheel-drive versions in the catalogue… This new strategic direction would be reflected in the discontinuation of the SV coupé at the end of the year. Only 6 examples of the Diablo SV Roadster would be produced, considered as prototypes, including the orange one pictured here with the old design and a few others with the restyling. These are some collector’s items!